Instant Pot Cajun Kielbasa Pasta
My Instant Pot Cajun Kielbasa Pasta brings a little Louisiana to your kitchen! It hits home with just the right amount of cajun spice, tender Kielbasa and a spicy creamy sauce; and the bonus is that it’s ready in less than 20 minutes!
- 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 14 oz smoked Cajun kielbasa, sliced into rounds
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 quart of low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 1/2 cups of heavy cream
- 1 pound of dried penne pasta
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 4 oz of freshly shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
- Start your instant pot on sauté; when it is ready and in the olive oil.
- Add sausage and continue to cook until lightly browned.
- Stir in garlic and cook for for about two minutes.
- Add chicken broth, heavy cream and cajun seasoning to pot.
- Stir together and bring to a simmer; (the (affiliate) glass lid helps it come to a simmer faster).
- Add the pasta and make sure it is submerged. Then place the lid on the pot and lock into place. Set the steam release knob to the Sealing position. Cancel the Sauté function. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button (or dial) and use the + or - button (or dial) to choose 5 minutes. When the cooking cycle has ended, turn off the pot and do a Quick Release of the pressure/steam. Start slowly to be sure only steam comes out, and then fully release it. When the pin in the lid drops back down, open the lid and stir the pasta. Stir in the spinach and allow to wilt.
- Stir in the parmesan cheese, and let it melt. Stir in the heavy cream and parsley. Let sit uncovered for a couple of minutes to thicken up a bit.
It was a long night and we got little sleep; especially with Mr. Bear (Emma’s dog) trying to kill the rabbit all night long.
So, being exhausted this instant pot dinner is exactly what I need for a night like tonight. I just want to go home and relax but...feeding the masses is a must. Apparently it is frowned upon if you let the family starve.